2016 Program: Immigration
Effective policies and strategies to prevent the displacement of neighborhoods of color and promote equitable development will be shared from a range of cities across the country. Within the context of the current urban housing crisis, the global accumulation of capital, rapid gentrification, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, a growing #HousingJustice movement, and a long history of housing discrimination by race, voices from the frontlines will tell community stories, share local strategies, and cross-dialogue with participants from other cities in small groups. Presenters will discuss current national policy campaigns and reforms within federal agencies to support equitable development in our neighborhoods, and invite others to connect advocacy efforts across communities. The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development launched the #OurNeighborhoods campaign this year, in alliance with Right to the City, to connect neighborhoods in hot markets that are at risk of displacement to implement more policies focused on affordable housing for working class residents and thriving local small business districts, both of which are critical for our families. From historic Chinatowns in the shadows of skyscraping Downtowns, to the destruction of public housing to make way for luxury condominiums, we hope to link struggles across communities of color, share best practices, and elevate the discussion nationally. We have been traveling the country meeting with allies, building consensus and momentum around what’s working on the ground and what’s needed in DC, and we welcome you to collaborate.
The multiracial, multi-issue alliances we need to effect systemic change rely on people being able to communicate with each other -- sharing our stories and dreams, strategizing together, and taking action. How can racial justice organizers make this collaboration possible between people who use different languages? This workshop draws on the successes of the emerging language justice movement to explore best practices for creating inclusive, effective multilingual space where people can not only share information, but engage in deep dialogue and collaboration in an environment in which one language is not privileged over another. Whether your initiative includes rallies, trainings, summits, or board meetings -- One Room, Many Voices will provide practical tools that you can apply immediately to connect people across language barriers, as well as insight about advocating for language access in the systems you seek to change. After all, our collective dreams of a just world can’t be realized unless all voices can be heard.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any country in the world. Increasingly the system has created perverse incentives for the incarceration of people of color, including immigrants. This session will address the ways that the state with corporate & financial institutions interact at levels of the revolving door, campaign contributions, drafting legislation, and securing bed quotas. During this session at Facing Race, we will outline the ways the state and corporate interests have played a role in driving incarceration. If we can’t count on elected officials to end mass incarceration, what can we do ourselves to stop its expansion and prevent more people of color from being locked up? We will reflect on the lessons learned from recent fights and plot a course for racial justice advocacy during a new era in Washington. We will also discuss proactive ways to address mass incarceration as both the state and multinational corporations work to undermine communities and identify strategies to win.
To many, to be a person of color in the South is an intimidating, or even frightening, thought. AANHPIs, Latinos, and Muslims in the South face unique problems and issues. This workshop aims to be an interactive space where staff from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and Project South, lead participants in engaging discussions about these unique issues. Georgia has been at the forefront of the crackdown on immigrants’ rights for the past decade. The session will provide an overview of the various facets of the repression of these communities, including immigration detention and deportation, racial profiling, involvement of local police in immigration enforcement, surveillance and harassment by the FBI, religious discrimination, and obstacles to educational access for undocumented students. The AANHPI, Latino, and Muslim communities all play a part in combating this repression. The session will delve into current movements, including efforts to engage AANHPI voters on issues that matter the most to them, the campaign to shut down the Stewart Detention Center, the Georgia Not1More Campaign, the movement to welcome refugees and resist state surveillance and infiltration, and the movement for equal access to education. Presenters will talk about what lies ahead for the movements and how allies from outside the state can help lend support.
On July 2015, CultureStrike partnered with End Family Detention and Mariposas Sin Fronteras to release the Visions From The Inside project. We commissioned 15 queer, trans, and/or migrant artists of color from across the country to create images inspired by letters penned by detained immigrants. In July 2016, we commissioned another 14 images and this time we included stories of trans women in detention, folks who have been released and challenged the “good migrant narrative.” We also partnered with 3 new organizations: Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Families For Freedom and Northwest Detention Center Resistance. By visually illustrating these letters we aim to bring awareness and a better sense of: the realities that people are experiencing inside of for-profit detention facilities, what led them to migrate in the first place and, most importantly, highlight the resiliency of the migrant spirit. The project centered migrants as collaborators with agency and critical stories to tell as opposed to art subjects. We want to bring the project to Facing Race 2016 so that attendees get a chance to interact with the final pieces and read the letters. We will be blowing up the images and have attendees participate with the project by watercoloring the images, and by responding and writing back to some of the detained women and children. We would like to display the final images throughout the conference and guide them back to End Family Detention’s website where they can read more letters from migrants inside detention centers.
Asian Americans are not a monolith. So, what does today's Asian American movement look like? This session will explore the challenges of building an Asian American movement and the language, practices and strategies that activists and organizers are using in order to build a more cohesive movement among and between a set of diverse linguistic and ethnic communities. The session will also include grassroots organizers from South Asian and Southeast Asian organizations who will provide reflections.